AGRTP Graham Centre Scholarship

The Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation provides multi-disciplinary and integrated research in key areas, to create knowledge and capacity to deliver farming systems for the future. The Centre's activities are focused around three key areas, or research pathways:

* Plant systems (crops and pastures)
* Livestock systems (sheep and beef focus)
* Grain and meat quality

For more information visit the Graham Centre.

Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent resident are encouraged to apply for AGRTP-GC scholarships, which are awarded to postgraduate researchers with exceptional promise whose research area is relevant to the key research objectives of the Graham Centre. Further information regarding the Australian Government's Research Training Program is available on the Department of Education and Training website.

  • Eligibility

    AGRTP-GC scholarships are generally for full-time study towards higher degrees by research. These scholarships are highly competitive, and only applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria will be considered:

    • Commencing a Charles Sturt University HDR program, or currently enrolled
    • Enrolling/enrolled as a full-time student, or in exceptional circumstances, granted Charles Sturt University approval for a part-time scholarship in line with the Charles Sturt HDR Scholarships Policy
    • Undertaking research relevant to the Graham Centre's research pathways

    AGRTP-GC scholarships will not be available to those who:

    • Are enrolled concurrently in any other study program, unless it is essential to the success of the HDR, or exceptional circumstances exist and are approved.
    • Are receiving another Commonwealth-funded postgraduate research scholarship

    Charles Sturt will rank scholarship applicants according to a specified criteria. See Scholarship Application Guide for further details.

  • Award value

    The scholarship provides the following benefits:

    Stipend: $33,597 per annum (2021 rate), payable in fortnightly instalments. N.B.: This includes a supplementary top-up amount of $5,000 per annum which is awarded to the successful applicant at the discretion of the Centre Director.

    Tuition Fees: Fee exemption for a period equivalent to four years (eight sessions) for PhD/Research Doctorate at full-time study.

    Operating Funds: Scholarship candidates are allocated an allowance to assist with the reimbursement of costs associated with a candidate’s research.

    Relocation Allowance: Scholarship candidates may be eligible to receive a relocation allowance for the cost of relocating themselves, their spouse, and dependants to a Charles Sturt campus, to a maximum of AUD $5,000.

  • Scholarship duration

    AGRTP-GC scholarships are normally tenable for four years for Research Doctorate studies (4 years FTE tuition fee coverage and 3 years FTE for stipend and operating funds allowances), and two years for Research Masters studies subject to satisfactory progress.

    An extension of up to six months may be granted for Research Doctorates (stipend and operating funds components only), where the candidate is making satisfactory progress and the grounds for the extension relate to the study and are beyond the control of the candidate.  N.B.: the supplementary top-up component of this scholarship is not applicable for extension.

    Scholarship candidates are entitled to 20 paid annual leave working days per year, 10 paid sick leave days per year and may be eligible for up to 12 weeks paid maternity leave with the duration of the scholarship.

2021 applications have closed.

2022 applications are open and will close 5.00pm AEDST Friday 22 October 2021.

Applicants must apply online via one of the following options. Applications submitted via email will not be accepted.

Prospective candidates

Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates can apply for an AGRTP Graham Centre Scholarship when completing their Charles Sturt course admission application.

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Not sure which HDR course to apply for?  Review our available courses and our guide to getting started with a research degree.

Current Charles Sturt HDR candidates

Candidates currently enrolled in a Charles Sturt HDR course must complete a separate scholarship application.

New Application

Resume Application

N.B. Scholarships will be reduced by any periods of HDR study undertaken towards the degree prior to the commencement of the scholarship.